Criminal Psychology Level 3

Are you intrigued as to why people commit crimes? Do you ever wonder what they’re thinking or what their intentions are? Perhaps you’re someone who’d be great at assessing the thoughts of criminals to help the police and courts solve crimes. Maybe you’re thinking bigger and want to help offenders by making positive changes to their thoughts and behaviour. If this soundslike you, then our Criminal Psychology Level 3 is an ideal first step. We’ll explain the psychology behind crimes committed, as well as how to detect and prevent them.

The role of a criminal psychologist has become a popular career choice in recent years. This area of psychology observes the criminal’s mind for intentions, thoughts and peculiar behaviour. You’ll look at why offenders commit crimes, which enables you to better support law enforcement in areas such as profiling. Rehabilitation of offenders is a vital duty in the prevention of future crimes.

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Our level 3 in criminal psychology is an ideal course for work purposes or simply for personal interest. It complements a breadth of careers and is relevant for solicitors, law enforcement, security workers, prison workers, teachers and trainers. For CSI and Criminal Minds enthusiasts, you’ll discover the real side of criminal psychology, everything but the fiction on TV.


On our Criminal Psychology Level 3 course you will:

  • Discuss biological and psychoanalytical theories of criminal behaviour
  • Explain factors that can improve eye witness testimony
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of jury decision making
  • Recognise a range of methods aimed at preventing crime
  • Explore myths and the impact they have victims
  • Analyse studies investigating the media impact on crime

An increasingly popular career choice, you'll learn about the psychology of crime, its detection and prevention.
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Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications
Our course ref: X350

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Study Hours

Up to 90 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 months.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement by NCFE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information
Level 3
Entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.
Section 1
Theories of Criminal Behaviour
  • Explain the biological theory of criminal behaviour
  • Discuss the psychoanalytical theory of criminal behaviour
  • Explain social learning theories in relation to criminal behaviour
  • Describe social factors and family influences on criminal behaviour

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

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